November 4, 2011
The KNVTS Ship of the Year: the Amulet

Last night at the Maritime Awards Gala 2011, the Amulet was awarded the KNVTS Ship of the Year Award. This inland vessel was described as revolutionary and has a completely new propulsion system called E-Prop.

The Amulet is a C-type, is 135 m long, 14.15 m wide and a depth of 6.17 m. Cargo capacity is 6752 ton and the vessel is meant for transporting mineral oils, chemicals and transporting/bunkering fuel oil. IHDA Shipbuilding designed the casco which was built in China. Holland Shipyards finished the vessel in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The E-prop propulsion concept was designed by D&A Electric.

According to the jury, the ship has the following characteristics:
- Installed diesel power for a ship this size is relatively low.

- Much less fuel consumption.

- Less maintenance.

- Environmentally friendly; it easily complies with the Euro-5 norm and is much cleaner the the CCR-2 norm that currently applies to inland vessels.

- Due to lower fuel consumption, CO2 emissions are lower as well.

- Excellent manoeuvrability.

- Quiet and comfortable accommodation for the crew.

Nominated: Nemo H2

The passenger ship Nemo H2 is the first ship built in Holland that can sail emission free. It uses fuel cells. The ship was designed by Fuel Cell Boat Construction consisting of G. and H. Bodewes, Alewijnse Marine Systems and Marine Service Noord by order of Rederij Lovers. The Nemo H2 is 21.95 m long and can accommodate 100 passengers. The ship tours through the Amsterdam canals.

Nominated: Oleg Strashnov

The Oleg Strashnov is a heavy lift crane vessel that can lift 5000 mt with a flight of 32 m. Therefore it is the largest mono-hull crane vessel in the world. The design is unique in that in can lift these heavy loads while the ship is also relatively fast. It can reach speeds of up to 14 knots. The hull design is patented by Seaway Heavy Lifting and GustoMSC.